How Professional Coaching Differs from Psychotherapy?

Professional coaching and psychotherapy are equally valuable support and assistance for anyone seeking development and well-being.

These processes complement each other and can be continued simultaneously with the therapist’s consent. In individual cases, professional coaching can serve as support for the psychotherapeutic process and accelerate the achievement of set goals.

The primary difference between professional coaching and psychotherapy is the approach to suffering.

Psychotherapy is a process that deals with healing wounds from the past, pain, and suffering. It involves analyzing patterns and behaviors, seeking causes and sources of problems, and acts as a bridge from dysfunction to norm.

Untreated suffering is a factor that may exclude working with a Coach.

Coaching is a developmental process, assuming that the individual currently has the ability to work on their resources, focusing on achieving clearly defined goals, serving as a bridge between the norm and effectiveness.

Psychotherapy is focused on the past, analyzing and reliving past events, helping to reach the root of the problem and solve it.

Coaching is focused on the present and future, based on individual autonomy, serving to discover individual potential, and it is the individual who decides what to do with that discovery and how to solve the issues they bring to the Coach.

The therapeutic process has no defined time frames; much depends on the individual needs of the client/patient and can last for several years, with a much higher frequency as needed.

The coaching process usually has defined time frames and should last a maximum of 12-15 sessions at intervals of 2-3 weeks, which translates measurably into achieving the client’s set goal.

When is it worth seeing a Coach, and when a Therapist?

To see a Coach:

When you demand more from yourself in life, want it differently, faster, more efficiently, or on the contrary, slower, more consciously, in harmony with yourself and your values. When you are looking for a deeper meaning in life, want to know yourself better, strive for satisfaction, set ambitious goals for yourself, seek sources of motivation, start something and quickly abandon it, have trouble planning and achieving your future goals.

To answer: Who I am today and where I want to be.

To see a Therapist:

When you feel constantly overwhelmed by the number of problems, when you do not eat or sleep regularly, when you only see negative events in your life, when you do not find any sense or satisfaction in life, when you have moments when you feel like giving up living, when you often feel lonely, worthless, and unnecessary, when you experience mood swings, when you lack valuable and supportive relationships in your environment, often accompanied by a sense of emptiness.

To answer: What is the reason I look into the past and why I am dedicating my present for it.